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What today brings

Monday, November 19, 2012

17. I am thankful for being called"small" or "tiny" because of my healthier lifestyle. It took 65 years, but it was the first times I ever heard those terms applied towards myself.

18. I am thankful I live in a country that allows me all the freedoms I have.

19. I am thankful for the wonderful education opportunities that have been afforded me throughout my life. I love learning and I usually have something new come along each day.


Today my seasonal allergies had their way with me once more. I felt so terrible this morning, I think I fell into my pit. It doesn't happen often, thank goodness. It used to happen quite frequently. Now it seems to happen perhaps once and no more than twice a year and only when something else is going on with my health. This is one of the reasons I need to do my thankful posts for this month. Doing them and thinking about each one, helps me turn the negative of the depression to a positive without going into a manic episode. Keeping on a more even keel is what I'm all about with meds and doctor's appointments in Gainesville, etc.

It would seem my blue Monday turned into a very good day after all. How was your Monday? Did you make wise choices? Make someone else feel good about themselves? Did you remember to smile a lot. Honestly whenever we do these things, we tend to feel much better ourselves. It's as good as any therapy!!

Peace, Love, and Joy to all my Spark Buds. Y'all are wonderful and I love each of you!!


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MISSDAISY23 11/27/2012 9:28AM

    I do not like it when my allergies come around. Trying to catch up with everyone blogs. hope you are doing better now. emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 11/21/2012 12:41AM

    Hope the allergies ease up soon. My Monday was very nice. The weather in Mn as been fantastic this week. Sunny and mid 50's or warmer.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/20/2012 11:37PM

    Happy Thanksgiving Ev!

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PMFISH 11/20/2012 10:05PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are back to your perky self soon.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/20/2012 9:55PM

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, my dear Ev!

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JINLYNN 11/20/2012 1:31PM

    I am looking forward to the day when I am called small too! The only thing "small" about me is my height!
I hope your allergies clear up soon.
Take care, and have a great week.

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NEW-CAZ 11/20/2012 2:52AM

    Glad you had a good day. i hope you allergies don't bother you too much, you have a positive way to deal with them. Take care emoticon

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FLEMIDG 11/20/2012 12:55AM

    Glad your day turned out well. Hope those allergies don't act up too often. I had a good day as well. Managed to accomplish some things I have been trying to do for a while, and the weather was beautiful.

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Q8PRINCESS 11/20/2012 12:35AM

    Seasonal allergies - not nice.

We had weather yesterday - rain - looks like more today as well.

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JAMER123 11/20/2012 12:20AM

    My Monday was a nice day. We are at the finish line with our setup in our winter resort and the camper is now getting it's bath. Not too much going on today so did wit outdoors with temps about 80, and read some of my book. Was able to enjoy friends stopping by and chatting. Smiles all around.
I am glad you had a good day as well. I always tell people that ask, "I woke up this morning so that makes this a great day!!" Thank you for a good blog, EV
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Friday, November 16, 2012

12. I'm so thankful that I found Spark People. I have learned so much here about so many things. And all of them have led me to where I am today and who
I have become.

13. I'm thankful that I have reached goal in August and have stayed on track erver since.

14. I'm thankful to be living in an age when so many things are possible. Not only electronics, but also taking responsible for our own actions rather than blaming everyone and everything else. Health issues that are being studied so that those with issues can do something about it. Most cancer, if caught in time, are no longer the death sentence all cancer used to be. Exercise and diet go hand in hand for a healthy lifestyle.

15. I'm thankful for all of those who have done so much work for the rest of us. A good example are the team leaders for the chair exercise team. They have found so much useful information to help those in chairs to be able to move and get exercise. But there are many others who do similar things. It very much reminds me of Winston Churchill's quote "......Never have so many owed so much to so few".

16. I'm very thankful for Word having spell and grammar check along with word count. It really does make writing much easier than trying to do it alone.

May all my buds be blessed with peace, love, and joy in their lives each and every day. I love all of you!


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MISSDAISY23 11/27/2012 9:24AM

    Wonderful! emoticon

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GEORGIAGIRL26 11/18/2012 8:17AM

    That is a great list that you posted Ev.
I am grateful for my sp friends too.
(You are on that list my friend).
Hope that you have a good day! Holly emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 11/17/2012 10:35AM

    Yes, Spark is a wonderful life changing site.

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123ELAINE456 11/17/2012 4:18AM

  An Awesome Beautiday Thankful List. You are doing Great. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Our Chair Exerciser Team is the Best One on SparkPeople I feel. I'm very Thankful for Our Wonderful Team Leaders for all the Time and Work they have put into it to make the Team what it is today. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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JINLYNN 11/17/2012 3:40AM

    I like your thankful list! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/17/2012 3:00AM

    Great list emoticon

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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/17/2012 2:53AM

    You have such a positive, grateful and peaceful attitude to life! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings with us. All the best for your ongoing journey!


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PMFISH 11/17/2012 12:30AM

    Good to see you back. Go Gators!

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1CRAZYDOG 11/16/2012 10:36PM

    Great list!! HUGS

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KARIDIAN1 11/16/2012 9:54PM

    What would we do without spell check and grammar check? emoticon

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Thank you to all who served.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

9. I'm thankful for having such beautiful days and being able to enjoy them. Even if it's raining or storming or even gray, the days are beautiful in their own way.

10. I'm thankful for my family history and being able to find so much of it on my own. Learning about those who came before is a true honor.

11. Today is such a special day. I'm filled with thankfulness to all veterans who served and those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy. Through the hardships and horror of war they served gallantly, and for this I am grateful. Others who served, but during peacetime, they too were vigilant to protect the same freedoms.
Thank you one and all. To all Viet Nam vets, Welcome home!


Veteran’s Day

11 November 2001

by Evuska Chruszcz

Our grandfathers charged
San Juan Hill or fought in Europe.

Our fathers fought in

Europe or the Pacific

In the wars to end all war.

We were challenged not

To ask what our country

Could do for us,

Instead ask what we could

Do for our country.

The moon was in our sight

Many of us answered the call.

Some were in foreign lands

To help in the Peace Corp.

Others went to Appalachia –

VISTA members.

Some went to a place

Called Viet Nam.

And some never returned.

Our sons and daughters

Went to Desert Storm.

And others went to Somalia and

Still others to Bosnia.

Some served aboard the USS Cole.

Today we honor them all –

As our tears dry

Over the civilians and

Civil servants who

Died along with those

At the Pentagon.

More veterans are

Being made in Afghanistan.

And we shed
More tears and

Ask, “why?”


Remember to honor all veterans today. And should you see one, thank them. It means so much to them to know their service is appreciated and that their countrymen understand.

Peace Love and Remembrance.

Bob in the Navy

Bob at The Wall in Washington DC making rubbings for the airplane crew missing from his carrier.

uss-hornet.us/ Link to Bob's web page in honor of the MIA crew.

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MISSDAISY23 11/13/2012 2:02PM

    My hubby was in the navy too. Thank you for sharing!
Take care & have a fabulous day! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 11/13/2012 2:30AM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You for the Military and all their Service for our Country. They are our Heroes. Thank You Bob for Your Service too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.

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KARIDIAN1 11/12/2012 6:49PM

    Well written blog and a big thank you to all who have served.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/12/2012 1:26AM

    They are our Heroes. Lovely blog, and tell Bob thank you! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/12/2012 12:08AM

    An awesome blog.Thank you for your service Bob !

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JINLYNN 11/11/2012 7:35PM

    Lest we forget.....thanks for remembering.

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LINDA! 11/11/2012 7:33PM

    My hubby was in the Army during the Vietnam war. My father and father in law in the prior wars.

God bless all that are serving or have served

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MOM2ACAT 11/11/2012 3:00PM

    Great blog! My dad served in WW2.

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VONBLACKBIRD 11/11/2012 10:21AM

    We need to honor our military in our hearts and prayers all year long..

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1CRAZYDOG 11/11/2012 8:40AM

    Never forget.

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/11/2012 8:21AM

    Our Veteran's... true American heroes!!!

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DAWN14163 11/11/2012 6:14AM

    Nice tribute emoticon

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Q8PRINCESS 11/11/2012 5:01AM

    Lest we forget.

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30 Days of Thanksgiving + So proud of Am Legion and VFW in my County

Thursday, November 08, 2012

5. I'm so thankful my procedure went well considering I had some post issues with blood. At least I'm finished for another five years, I hope. The nurse told me he found some minor internal issues, so I'm praying no more surgery. If anyone would like to join me in this, you know I'll be appreciative.

6. I'm thankful for all four of my fur babies. They know me so well and react accordingly. Their snuggles are so soothing and bring me the warm fuzzies. They are also so fun to watch while they are playing. They never fail to bring a smile to my face. The cute things they do are special, too. The other day Bob was petting Rex as he sat beside Bob's chair. KoKo was watching very intently, then went up to Rex and with his paw started stroking Rex's mane, too. Now how precious is that?

7. I'm thankful that a lot of our neighbors who are snowbirds have arrived safe and sound. Many of them got here in time to miss Sandy's furry. Still believing he's 50 rather than 70, Bob helps all of them with their lawns, computers, and other issues they may have. Many of them want to pay him and can't seem to understand this is what neighbors do for each other - look out for them and give the help they are able to do.

8. Today I'm thankful my Bob knows computers as well as he does. I mean I know the internet and project manager pretty well and some set ups, but he's the expert on settings, bios, etc. I'd wipe my computer clean if I attempted all that "stuff" !


Now to tell y'all what happened here on Sunday and why I'm so darn proud of our local American Legion and VFW. I'm sure most of you especially in the States are aware the of the Westboro Baptist Church and their protests at military funerals. Saturday it was learned from their website that they were planning one of those protests in our county seat. Phones calls were made to a three county area and emails were sent to all members who have them urging attendance at the funeral in order to stop this. Most of you know I'm very supportive of our freedom of speech, but I also feel that funerals and the calling hours are very personal. They afford the family and friends of the deceased time to grieve and say good bye. A lot of people would live with much guilt if they were unable to say goodbye to a loved one if this time wasn't allotted. So many showed from those two veteran groups along with their families (nearly 400 in all), they encircled the funeral home property! Can you imagine that with only one day's notice? The Westboro group never left their vehicles. There were also enough people to line the road.

The saddest part of this entire incident is the circumstances in which this young 25 year old mother of two died. She had been a survivor of domestic violence and had a restraining order against her estranged husband. When she didn't show up at Ft Collins they went to her home and found her dead on the floor and her two children unattended. They arrested her husband for her murder. So not only did the family have to deal with that at her memorial service but also learned about the protesters.

May I add, a facebook member who didn't even know the Spc and never served put up a message telling about the planned protest. The local police, county sheriff deputies, and Florida State Patrol were also nearby in case things got out of control. Thankfully they were not needed. Please keep in mind the entire population of the county is 75,000!! A lot of you most likely live in cities and towns with higher populations than that!

Thank you for letting me share the story.


Bob and I are busy on our November novels. Mine isn't going as well as I would like. The story, especially the dialogue, seems trite. I can see a lot of editing ahead!!
This is something different for me. I usually don't have such issues. If anyone would like to read the prologue and give constructive comments, let me know.

Peace Love Joy to all my wonderful Spark Buddies.


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CHERIRIDDELL 11/9/2012 10:36PM

    I am praying you have no more surgeries .I am also thankful that the Westboro group was thwarted .How impressive on short notice.It goes to show there are good people in the world. You Ev are a beacon of hope and understanding in this world I am grateful for you!

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MISSDAISY23 11/9/2012 11:34AM

    I am glad to hear that your procedure went well. Also, I am praying for you "no more surgery."

Thanks for sharing! Take care & have a fabulous weekend! emoticon


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JINLYNN 11/8/2012 8:04PM

    Great list of things to be thankful for!

Being from Canada I hadn't heard of Westboro Baptist Church - but from what I just read on the web they seem to be doing a very poor job of demonstrating the love of God to hurting people. I am thankful that such so called Christian groups are the minority and not the majority.

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KARIDIAN1 11/8/2012 7:14PM

    Glad your procedures went well and hopefully no more surgery. Furbabies are great, even our big 60 pound furbaby Maggie. She loves her soft cushy beds.

Love the story about the VFW and American Legion. What a wonderful reaction to deflate those morons.

Keep plugging away at your novels. You will hit your stride soon.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/8/2012 4:43PM

    I'm glad the procedure went well and I hope what they found is very minor and easily corrected, if needing correction at all. The most important thing is you got it done so whatever is there they can deal with it right away. And remember, cuddling with furbabies is healing. Cat's purring can help calm and heal the body and dogs are comforting and loyal to help you feel loved and supported. So keep those furbabies close!

Oh Bob, silly guy, if they want to give, don't deter them - focus them! Let him know if they want to pay him back he can suggest they do so but not with money. He can ask if they'd be willing to help you out if he's ever ill again (God forbid), so you don't have to worry about being stranded while he can't drive. He can also ask that they pay it forward - help someone else out! That will help keep the positivity spreading. Asking others to pay it forward can lead to things like that awesome story from the American Legion and VFW - people doing good for the sake of doing good.

I can't guarantee how much I'll be able to offer, but I'm willing to read some of your writing and see what I can come up with for constructive comments.

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OFFANDAWAY 11/8/2012 4:34PM

    Westboro Church is a disgusting hate group masking itself as a Christian organization, in my opinion. UGH.

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MOM2ACAT 11/8/2012 4:31PM

    I am thoroughly disgusted by that Westboro Church, I don't understand how they can call themselves Christians!

I'm also praying you have no more surgery! emoticon

I love my furbabies too; they make me smile daily, and they keep me going. I have to take care of myself so that I am here to take care of them.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/8/2012 11:40AM

    I could write a book on all the reasons such a protest is disgusting, but I'll just leave it @ that . . . it's disgusting and I'm glad such proactive measures were taken and the family got to grieve. **SIGH**

Keep on writing! I never have a shortage of words and editing IS difficult for me, but my DH is very good at it. I am not like you, writing a novel or anything like that. Mostly just professional things. Keep @ it!


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JILLITA55 11/8/2012 11:03AM

    I am a life member of the VFW womems aux. I really enjoy it. emoticon

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30 Days of Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 04, 2012

3 I'm grateful for all the blessings and the richness of my life. Often I look around and shake my head. Sure, I've had two not so good marriages, abuse, a lot of health issues, but isn't that a part of life? When I was young, I didn't deal well with my issues. I wasn't diagnosed as bipolar until I was in my 50's. What a difference in attitude since I have found the combination of proper meds, a doc I trust, and now that I exercise more, even that helps. Journaling has helped me a lot, too.

4. Today is Sunday and I am so grateful for my faith. I have had it since I was young and it has made such a difference in my life. I watched an aunt of mine (my dad's sister who was the sibling that held the family together) struggle for years in many different ways. No matter what was thrown her way, she never lost her faith and always counted on God's guidance to get her through. What a wonderful example she was! I miss her a lot. Other than my parents, I think she is one of my relatives I was closest to in life. It was a wonderful example that she set for me.


My story is coming along. I write in spurts throughout the day! If nothing else, I am having a lot of fun with it. This is the story I've had in me and wanted to tell for a very long time - at least 25 years. I hope it will turn out as well as I want and think it will. Writing daily has helped, too. It would seem the more one writes, the better they get.

The Gators won yesterday, but it was a very sloppy win. They can do much better. They had a lot of injuries, too. It seemed for awhile that a Gator was injured on almost every play in the series.

This is short, but I'm going to have something to eat, then I may go back to writing.

Peace Love and Joy to all my Buds!

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MISSDAISY23 11/6/2012 10:37AM

    I have my share of one not so good marriage and a few not so good relationships. I believe life's experiences makes each and everyone of us better, wiser and stronger.

I am so thankful that God has finally guide my hubby back to church since two Sundays (from Oct 28, 2012) ago. It was also our 13th wedding anniversary. Also, my daughter (now 11yo) wants to go to church every Sunday and to be baptized.

Take care & have a fabulous day! emoticon


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PMFISH 11/6/2012 12:48AM

    Life would not be worth living without my faith. Lots of trials but over all I feel I have had a great life. Trials sure make you learn things you never thought about before and I think you come out stronger.

Agree with your observations about the Gator, also watched LSU vs Alabama and Alabama just barely pulled out a win in the last few minutes. Have a great week.

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KASEYCOFF 11/5/2012 2:29AM

    I'm doing NaNo too, and like you, it's something I've thought about for so long. I don't know that I care if it ever sees the light of day, but getting it down on paper... um, computer, rather, lol - is a good feeling!

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Q8PRINCESS 11/5/2012 12:01AM

    Right back at you

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/4/2012 9:40PM

    Most authors who share abut how they write those best selling novels seem to agree that writing everyday is an essential. So happy writing.

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NORASPAT 11/4/2012 7:39PM

    Sounds like a emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon lot of fun and lots of work, I write a lot here on Spark all day long but it is conversation and i love it Hugs Pat in Maine.

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KARIDIAN1 11/4/2012 7:01PM

    Thanks for sharing Ev. You have had such a full life and so many experiences.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/4/2012 6:03PM

    It is truly a gift to have a story within you and to be able to tell it! Awesome!

Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.


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RICHILA 11/4/2012 5:09PM

    Have fun writing! I am enjoying writing for Nanowrimo this month.

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NEW-CAZ 11/4/2012 3:57PM

    Thanks for sharing Ev emoticon
Have a good Sunday hun

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SWDESERTLOVER 11/4/2012 3:52PM

    I don't know how I would get through life without my faith. Thanks for sharing. Hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend.


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